Colombo, June 19 (BAN/ AD): Cabinet has approved the proposal put forth by President to ban the import of mechanical chain saws to curb deforestation. As forest cover in country has dwindled to 29.7 % percent of the land area, various plans are put forth to increasing it to 32 percent by 2030.
It has been identified that unauthorized logging is a major factor in the forest destruction and it has been observed that easy-to-use mechanical chainsaws are largely being used for illegal deforestation.
Sri Lanka has more than 82,000 mechanical chainsaws registered so far, the cabinet of ministers have granted approval to the proposal made by the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to take necessary measures under the Import and Export Control Act, No. 1 of 1969, to prohibit the importation of mechanical chain saws to prevent deforestation and increase the forest cover.